A baby — or conjoined twins, rather — born with two heads in India are “alive and healthy,” according to hospital officials.
According to ABC News, the female conjoined twins were born Wednesday via Caesarean section at Cygnus JK Hindu Hospital.
“Yes, this report is perfectly true, that we have delivered a female baby having two heads,” Dr. Ashish Sehgal told ABCNews.com. “She is presently alive and healthy.”
The twins, who weighed 5.3 pounds, have two separate heads but share everything else below. The Metro reported they have separate spinal cords, necks and heads but share the same set of organs and limbs.
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Asia Cover Press reported the mother, 28-year-old Urmila Sharma, was unaware she was carrying conjoined twins “because she was too poor to afford an ultrasound.”
“We only came to know she was carrying conjoined twins after an ultrasound two weeks ago, but it was too late to do anything by then,” Doctor Shikha Malik, who delivered the babies, told The Metro.
Malik said the twins have a condition known as dicephalic parapagus, involving two heads and one trunk, and may not survive.
“The parents are very distressed and we are helping the family the best we can,” Mailk said. “Now that the baby is born, we will do our best to save her and we hope to operate once her condition is more stable.”
The most famous set of dicephalic twins are Abigail and Brittany Hensel, born in 1990. The pair, who also have separate heads but conjoined bodies, are alive today and living in St. Paul, Minn.
The Hindustan Times reported conjoined twins are born once every 200,000 live births and have a survival rate of 5 percent to 25 percent.